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EBH fined $30,000 for water pollution and unlawful waste storage in Berkeley Vale

Media release: 29 March 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has fined EBH Environmental Services a total of $30,000 for water pollution and unlawful waste storage at two sites in Berkeley Vale on the Central Coast.

EBH was fined $15,000 for water pollution at their Craftsman Avenue resource recovery facility when dirty water, along with grey sludge, was seen being washed into storm water drains.

Upon testing the water the sample was found to have a high pH, high alkalinity and the presence of metals – all factors which could have made the polluted water harmful to marine life.

In responding to the EPA investigation EBH admitted that poor maintenance of stormwater filters had contributed to the polluted overflow.

EPA Manager Waste Compliance Cate Woods said the fine had been issued because EBH had failed to operate in a competent manner.

“The lack of responsibility shown by EBH in allowing this discharge from their premises, placed the environment at risk,” Ms Woods said.

“All licensees have a responsibility to operate in a way that does not harm, or create a risk of harm, to the environment and the community.

“We will continue to monitor the EBH site to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

A second fine, worth $15,000, was issued to EBH for operating an unlawful waste facility on Apprentice Drive.

“Our officers investigated the site in January and found that EBH was storing more than 3,000 tonnes of recovered aggregate – material that included soil, gravel and other sediment. The site did not have the licence to do this,” Ms Woods said.

“Facilities need to have a licence to store waste material to ensure the correct checks and balances are in place to minimise the effect the site has on its local environment. EBH is fortunate that the impacts on the environment weren’t significant, and the waste has been removed.”

enalty notices are one of a number of tools the EPA can use to achieve environmental compliance including formal warnings, official cautions, licence conditions, notices and directions and prosecutions. For more information about the EPA’s regulatory tools, see the EPA Compliance Policy

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 29 March 2017